Liability (2020) – Lorde (Alex and Jo Music)

I first came a fan of hearing Lorde (inset left) sing Team on an ESPN film clip. My kids and I love that song! Then when I heard Alex and Jo (above) sing a song from Lorde, I was all ears.

I first heard them sing Christina Perri’s Back in Time which astounded me. I told Alex and Jo that I hoped that Christina Perri stumbled upon their rendition and referred their names (and performance) to a producer or someone.

Since then, I have enjoyed other versions by the Serbian twins including I Know the End (2020) by Phoebe Bridgers and today’s featured track Lorde‘s Liability.
Just after I drafted this article, Alex and Jo published a version of Flightless Bird, American Mouth by Iron and Wine which was released on the Twilight: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. A song featured here recently by Christina Perri – A Thousand Years was written for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1.

[Verse 1]
Baby really hurt me, crying in the taxi
He don’t wanna know me
Says he made the big mistake of dancing in my storm
Says it was poison
So I guess I’ll go home
Into the arms of the girl that I love
The only love I haven’t screwed up
She’s so hard to please, but she’s a forest fire
I do my best to meet her demands, play at romance
We slow dance in the living room
But all that a stranger would see
Is one girl swaying alone, stroking a cheek

Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor (born 7 November 1996), known professionally as Lorde is a New Zealand singer and songwriter. Taking inspiration from aristocracy for her stage name, she is known for her unconventional musical styles and introspective songwriting. Liability is a song from her second studio album Melodrama (2017). Music critics praised the song’s lyrical content and Lorde’s vocal delivery. Jon Blistein of Rolling Stone described the song as a “short but poignant song that finds Lorde grappling with fame and how it can change friendships and relationships.”

Lorde told a crowd at a secret iHeartRadio concert she held in Los Angeles in August 2017 that Liability was inspired by a night she became “overcome with anger and emotion“. She walked 8 to 10 km before ordering an Uber to take her home. According to this video interview on The Late Late Show with James Corden, Lorde has cleansed herself of social media and thrown her cellular device in the water and can’t be reached. Good on her.

Below are presented Alex & Jo’s cover of Liability and the original.

1. Liability (song) – Wikipedia
2. I Know the End – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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